What is House Bill H.R. 3094?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3094
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) introduced this legislation to establish the site of Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site. In remarks during a press conference at the Pulse Interim Memorial, Rep. Soto said:
“Our efforts to designate the Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial site honors the lives of the 49 victims and survivors, and ensures no one ever forgets this tragedy. The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the remarkable way our community came together to heal and overcome hate. We recognize the need to preserve LGBTQ historic sites, because of cases like the Matthew Shepard Memorial which have been deliberately destroyed over time without these protections. Let the Pulse Memorial become a symbol of hope, love, and light.”
Barbara Poma, CEO of onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to memorialize the Pulse shooting tragedy, supports this legislation:
“Establishing the site of Pulse nightclub as a National Historic Site is an important step in honoring those who were taken and ensuring we as a nation remember what happened here on June 12, 2016. In these times when acts of hate and violence are on the rise, we must remember our past and work to do better now and in the future.”
This legislation has unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee with the support of 46 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 44 Democrats and two Republicans.
According to Rep. Soto’s office, Florida’s senior Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approached to support this legislation in the Senate. However, according to Sen. Soto’s office, Sen. Rubio declined to introduce this legislation in the Senate.
Of Note: In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded more than 50 people in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, this was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history up to that point.
Pulse, which had opened in 2004, was one of central Florida’s most vibrant spots for LGBTQ social life. On the night of Mateen’s attack, Pulse was hosting its popular Latin Night, which drew from a broad section of the community.
After the shooting, Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma established the onePULSE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. This organization’s mission is to memorialize the tragedy of the shooting and ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance, and hope will never be lost. At present, onePULSE plans to build the National Pulse Memorial and Museum, slated to open in 2022 on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties. This museum will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway.
Most National Memorials are owned and run by the U.S. National Park Service, but some are not. Ten national memorials, including the National Memorial for Fallen Educators, National AIDS Memorial, and David Berger Memorial, are not affiliated with the NPS.
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.
To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not votedIntroducedJune 4th, 2019